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Peer Review

MoMA Red Studio: A Site for Teens



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 20, 2012 by Teacher Education
Overview: Red Studio, developed by MoMA in collaboration with high school students, explores issues and questions raised by teens about modern art, today's working artists, and what goes on behind the scenes at a museum. The site features activities, contests, interviews, and an interactive bulletin board which teach about modern art and how to become an artist. There are also workshops for teachers interested in integrating art into their classrooms. Online events and events taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York are also posted.
Type of Material: MoMA Red Studio is a learning object repository. It contains interviews and pictures of art. The interviews have a picture of the artist, transcripts of the interview, a recording of the interview, a biography of the artist, and pictures of the artists work. The activities section has a description, an example, and directions of how to create the featured work of art.
Recommended Uses: Instructors and students in teaching methods courses that want to incorporate online interactivity, investigation, class discussion, and arts education will find this site useful. The site can be used as part of an introductory art class for high school students to introduce concepts. Students can also view the site independently at home to connect with other students interested in art.
Technical Requirements: A Flash plug-in 8, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Quick Time Audio plug-in, a broad band connection, and a minimum screen resolution of 800x600 are needed to view the site's features. Aol browsers are not recommended. The site is optimized for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5+, Netscape/Mozilla 6+, and Safari+1 browsers.
Identify Major Learning Goals: This arts education site focuses on having the users explore the following three questions: What is —or isn't —considered "art"? What does it take for someone to become an architect, artist, or filmmaker? Who decides how a museum collects and displays art?
Target Student Population: High schools students are the target student population. The interviews of artists are conducted by high schools students. The interactive sites will be populated by high school students. However, the site is useful for junior high school through freshmen in college.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site has many choices to engage teens from remixing an interactive collage to studio podcasts on modern art, to several interviews by teenagers of artists working in a variety of media, to making a Dadaist Poem, to a character sketch contest, to sending art ecards. E-news updates are available from the site. There is also a section for the teens to respond to art education questions that require investigation, thought, and reflection. The site is appealing, age appropriate, and highly engaging. There are different artistic techniques such as layering and repetition taught in the activities section. A explanation of the technique is given. A mini demonstration is provided to show how to use the tools or software needed to use the technique. The tools and software are provided. Examples of finished works are displayed as examples. The activities did not appear difficult to teach or learn.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Since this site offers so many different ways to be engaged, the potential for developing many different learning objectives exists. The many different interviews with the artists are rich with comments, references, and techniques that students and teachers could use in their classroom instruction. Visual literacy skills are at the heart of this site that combines seeing, thinking and reflection in its developed online activities. There is also a direct link to the exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, which sponsors this site. The learning objectives are to provide a forum to show different types of modern art and to teach non traditional artistic techniques; to provide role models for aspiring artists; and to learn how artists get to their art displayed in museums and other sites. The site can be used by teachers to supplement a modern art lesson. Different techniques can easily and affordably be tried by students.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to use. Pictures of artists can be clicked on to watch their interviews. Activities have a menu bar with buttons labelling tools for use. Beginning art studios would probably benefit from teacher interaction. It is easy to begin activities and try them independently. Creations can be saved and shared. The instructions are clear. The back browser button can be used to navigate between pages. There is also a menu bar at the top of each page for the home page, learning resources, programs, links, and ecards. There is a feedback form and frequently asked questions section.
Concerns: If users click on the link to the MoMA, some might get lost since the link for the Red Studio is located under Education on the MoMA page.